Our History

Audio Den opened its doors on March 20, 1976. Quite a lot has changed since that day – audio and video reproduction has advanced at an alarming pace, smart home automation systems have become commonplace and design aesthetics are considerably different than they were in the 1970s. Even the way consumers shop for and interact with technology has evolved. Audio Den has kept pace with the changing times, all while remaining dedicated to our core values—providing the highest quality A/V and home automation solutions, fair prices and impeccable customer service.

1970's

Audio Den opens for business in a 1200 square foot space at the Coventry Commons Shopping Center in Stony Brook.
The store is staffed by Audio Den’s two founding partners.

From our inception, Audio Den has always focused on helping our clients experience the enjoyment of music. The same commitment remains true today.
Audio Den was one of the first stores on Long Island to represent Magneplanar speakers. We've always been a shop that has presented a wide range of speaker options for your consideration.
Representing the highest quality brands has been the Audio Den way from day one. The same can be said about our connection to the local community and Stony Brook University.
Audio Den has been helping you find a balance between quality and value in your search for speakers and electronics since 1976.
Even though Audio Den didn't start carrying Dynaudio speakers until many years later, we knew even as we opened our doors for the first time - no one can resist a good danish.
Mi casa es su casa. Throughout the years, Audio Den has strived to create a warm, welcoming enviroment in our shop. We've also made a commitment to improving our type setting skills.

1980's

Audio Den moves to a 3000 square foot space at Lake Grove’s Smith Haven Plaza in Suffolk County.
Three listening rooms are constructed along with a service lab to handle equipment repairs.

The 1980's brought with it the end of disco, a new president and a new Lake Grove location for Audio Den.
The location for our shop may have changed but our dedication to high quality audio equipment and comfortable chairs remained constant.
We tried our hand at the car stereo business for a stretch in the 80's. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Compact Disc was king in the late 80's, as was Audio Den's commitment to service. For the record, wood paneling makes everything better.
Although short shorts are thankfully no longer en vogue, Audio Den provides high quality craftsmenship for all of our custom installation projects. We've also bought a few ladders.
We learned early on that the key to every successful installation is a well-equipped service vehicle and well-fitted tube socks.
Audio Den had a major case of Pac-Man Fever in the early 80's. Who didn't?
Stax headphones, hand written invoices, the birth of James' first son and acid washed jeans. 1989 was in full effect at the Audio Den.

1990's

Audio Den purchases its current location – a stand-alone 7,200 square foot building at 2845 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove. The new facility houses four elaborate listening rooms and a six-seat dedicated projection room.

The custom installation division of Audio Den really took off in the 1990's. Distributed audio and basic home automation was very popular with new construction and retrofit projects alike.
This new advertising campaign reflected our growth in custom installation, while reaffirming our dedication to the time tested values of service and customer satisfaction.
Our business was growing radpidly in the 90's and we needed a new home. So, in 1994, Audio Den purchased its own building on Middle Country Road. With a large renovation and expansion of the original structure, we completed the building we occupy today.

2000's

Audio Den’s family grows to fifteen people as the custom installation and sales teams are expanded to accommodate the rise in business.

Flat panel monitors replaced rear projection TVs as the dominant video display of the new century. Our store featured several fully-automated flat panel vignettes.
Our fleet of installation vehicles was augmented with new trucks. Our custom installation team also grew to accomodate the growing demand for our services.
The housing boom of the early 2000's presented Audio Den with a influx of new construction wiring and installation projects.
The predominance of the plasma TV created opportunities for A/V cabinet manufacturers to introduce new designs with complementary mounting options.
The sophistication and scope of our pre-wire projects increased exponentially, as high resolution video distribution and ethernet requirements grew.
Audio Den has teamed up with a number of interior designers over the years. As a matter of course, we participated in several home shows and design showcases.

Today

Our most recent store renovation included the construction of a dedicated McIntosh demo room and museum.
A new roof and a fresh coat of paint went a long way to reviving the look of our building
When the town widened the road in front our store, we opted to install a new illuminated sign on the building.
New automation systems are faster, more powerful and offer a wider range of discrete, design-friendly control interfaces.
The introduction of ultra high definition 4K displays allows us to provide video content to match the audiophile sound reproduction we've enjoyed for years.